Barnabus: (?-100 c) Companion to Paul and many others who founded early Christian churches, and made various journeys. Wrote the “Epistle of Barnabus,” which was rejected for the Christian canon. Was the Uncle of Mark. (See; “The Lost Books of the Bible,” Eden, LB Press. 1926-01.)

Basilides: (?-138) An Alexandrian Gnostic who formed sects around 120 to 138. Known to be associated with Valentinus, and Mathias, and other early Christian leaders. May have also had knowledge of Dositheos and others associated with Simon Magus, or Gnosticism in Samaria. He is associated with Sethian works by Theodotus, and Clement. Thought to have had knowledge of both mystical and Hellenistic philosophy. (See also; ”The Other Bible,” by Barnstone, Harper, 1980; See also; ”Stromata.”)

Beatitudes: Sayings which confer good fortune for the designated person or a characteristic of. Usually beatitudes are marked by the beginning, “Blessed are,” or an equivalent. Their opposites are ‘warnings’ which are marked by the saying ‘Woe to’ or an equivalent.

Boule: Refers to the “will” of God which in turn leads to the word (Logos) of God in some Gnostic contexts. Not a common term in Sethian texts.

Bythos: The “Void”. Its the “primal ground” and the pre-beginning forefather. May denote the void between dualities, like Yin and Yang, Pronoia, and Protophanes, Pleroma, and Kenoma, but the term is not generally found in Sethian works. “According to other Gnostics, for example Valentinus, the first principle is also called Aeon or the unfathomable, the primeval depth, the absolute abyss, bythos, in which everything is sublimated (aufgehoben) before the beginning (proárche) or before the Father (propátor). Aeon is the activator.” ([An excerptfrom Hegel’s ”Lectures on the History of Philosophy,” translated by Scott Thompson, from G.W.F. Hegel’s ”Vorlesungen über die Geschichte der Philosophie
ii ,” (Theorie Werkausgabe, Bd. 19), Frankfurt a.M., Suhrkamp Verlag, 1977, 426-430]